Opening Reception and Award Ceremony 2017

Thursday, June 1st 2017

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Celebrate the start of AIDS Education Month with the Opening Reception and Award Ceremony! Join us for hors d’oeuvres and great conversation as we present the annual Kiyoshi Kuromiya Award for Prevention, Treatment and Justice  to Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Roy Hayes, longtime Philly AIDS Activist.

Kiyoshi Kuromiya Awardees

Roy Hayes
Roy Hayes

Roy Hayes

Roy Hayes has been an exemplary leader and activist in the HIV/AIDS community in Philadelphia and nationally for over 30 years. He began three of the original support groups for people living with HIV in 1987 and continues to work with them today. He was a co-founder of We the People, helped in the development of PWLH/A-controlled services including support groups, case management and outreach services, and was an original member of ACT UP Philadelphia. Roy has also worked as a case manager for several local service organizations, including Philadelphia FIGHT. He has served as a member of FIGHT’s CAB, and has also represented the local HIV Prevention Justice Alliance in national meetings. He was on the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project, the Ryan White Planning Council of Philadelphia from 1990 to 2008. He is currently on many committees of the CAB for the Penn Center for AIDS Research. He is a former alternate representative of the Temple University Community AIDS Advisory Board. He was the global representative and chair of the CAB of Thomas Jefferson University. In 1997, he co-founded Restoration Urban Ministry Inc. In 2010, he gave input in the development of the first ever US National AIDS Strategy.

Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones
Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones is an American human rights activist, author and lecturer. Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s. He was mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk and worked in Milk’s City Hall office as a student intern until Milk’s assassination in 1978.

Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, (<- Link to: one of the world’s largest community arts projects, in 1987. HarperCollins published his first book, “Stitching a Revolution,” in 2000.

Jones was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning film, “MILK,” and was the historical consultant for the production. Jones led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington, DC and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the US Supreme Court.

Hachette Book Group will publish his new memoir, “When We Rise,” in November 2016. The ABC TV mini-series inspired in part by stories from Cleve’s book is currently in production with a screenplay by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black.

Jones lives today in San Francisco, California and works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE.

Cleve Jones, Kiyoshi Awardee, will be portrayed in the upcoming ABC miniseries When We Rise, inspired by the stories of real families in the LGBT civil rights movement.

Location Details

Independence Visitor Center

Location Address

599 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106